Extinction alert issued for Mexico's vaquita porpoise

STORY: Location: Gulf of California, Mexico

There's an extinction alert for Mexico's endangered vaquita porpoises

They are the world's smallest porpoise

and there's likely less than a dozen left in the wild due to illegal fishing

Date: August 8, 2023

[Ixchel Lopez Olvera, Director of Oceans Programme, World Wildlife Fund Mexico]

"Different countries are connected: Mexico, the United States, and China. So it is a call for the countries to sit down and work together to generate joint actions so that the problem of illegal fishing disappears."

It's the first time the International Whaling Commission has issued an extinction warning